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Yes, Women Can Be Friends!

Women can be friends.

It’s true! Women can even be amazing friends who support each other. I’ve worked on all-female crews, and the environment is a lovely, supportive safe place where teamwork is paramount, and nobody has to worry about getting sexually harassed or made to feel insignificant. Conflicts still happen and enemies still exist, but when women work together, they can get a lot done and have a good time.

 

Ocean’s 8 did a great job of embracing this. In fact, the teamwork was almost TOO good. There wasn’t enough drama for my taste, and maybe that’s because it was realistic. In real life, an all-female team of thieves would just get shit done and solve problems and not try to dick measure.

 

 

We’re taught that women are catty bitches who see each other as competition, but that doesn’t match what I see in my world.

 

On film, female friendships are often adversarial. For every 9 to 5, you get 10 Working Girls, where women compete for the same job or the same man or both. At some point action directors realized that when you put a woman in a black leather bodysuit and make her fight another woman in a white leather body suit, that turns other men on. As I’ve written before, in any large group, there can be only one woman, which automatically makes other women competition. We’re constantly barraged in pop culture with this idea that women cannot be friends.

 

But the times, they are a’changin’.

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Emily Blake

Emily Blake is a screenwriter/producer/script supervisor/dog lover. She cohosts Chicks Who Script, a filmmaker podcast that focuses on women and minorities (Chickswhoscript.com), and tweets a lot. She is a Gryffindor.

Episode #241 – Hostiles

This week we’re joined by friend of the show Jackie Trudel as we take a long and hard look at the downer Western that is Hostiles. It packs quite a punch but undercuts itself at every turn by focusing on perhaps the least important character of the story. There’s a lot here and you won’t want to miss a moment of it.

 

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Episode #240 – Dog Movie Battle

This week it’s a battle for the ages as we gear up to fight over which dog movie is the best dog movie. You’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and there will be much discussion over doggo agency. You won’t want to miss this glorious battle episode!

 

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Episode #239 – I, Tonya

This week on the podcast we’re talking about the Margot Robbie film I, TONYA, which is quite the fun watch but not without its problems. Samantha Garrison joins us once again to talk about what worked, what didn’t, and everything in between.

 

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Episode #238 – The Disaster Artist

Oh hi, Mark! This week we’re talking about the Franco brothers’ adaptation of Greg Sistero’s The Disaster Artist. Watch as the craziness unfolds both on and off the set. Special thanks this week to Elvis Kunesh who joins us on this adventure.

 

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Episode #237 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This week we’re talking about the not-so-great Three Billboards, starring the actually-great Frances McDormand. It’s an absolute mess of a film and we go over what worked, what didn’t, and everything in between. Special thanks to Samantha Garrison for joining us this week!

 

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Episode #236 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

This week we embark on a most dangerous safari as we discuss the unexpected and underrated delight – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! Samantha Garrison stops by to help us discuss what worked, what didn’t, and to give quite the expert breakdown.

 

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Episode #235 – Murder on the Orient Express

This week we’re joined by friend of the show Elliot Campos to talk about the modern take on the mystery classic – Murder on the Orient Express. Watch the classic tale unravel with an updated cast and an interesting take on Poirot’s ‘stache. Listen as we get to the bottom of what worked and what didn’t. It’s a fun episode that you won’t want to miss!

 

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Episode #234 – The Last Jedi

Get ready to let the past die, and kill it if you have to because we’re talking about The Last Jedi this week. Special guests Samantha Garrison and Paul Krueger join us to talk about Rian Johnson’s take on the Star Wars saga and what that means for the future of the franchise. It’s a great episode, so don’t waste another minute and give it a whirl.

 

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Episode #233 – The Other Comic Books Battle!

This week it’s a comic book battle, but not how you think! We’re fighting for the other guys, the comics that aren’t from the Big Two. Tamara Brooks and Diego Mariscal join us in this epic throwdown of non-Marvel and non-DC proportions!

 

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